Italian Society of Paediatrics: stopping puberty in dysphoric children does not cause permanent problems. But several studies prove otherwise

UK, Sweden, Finland, USA: much of the world is up in arms against puberty blockers that can irreversibly damage the health of girls and boys. The Tavistock clinic in London is closing down, a thousand families are preparing for a class action in defence of their daughters and sons who have not been properly treated, many American paediatricians are attacking their trade association which is pushing for the administration of these drugs. But for the Italian paediatricians' society these problems do not exist
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According to the Italian Society of Paediatrics, the effects of puberty blockers (puberty blocker) used to treat girls and boys with gender dysphoria are perfectly REVERSIBLEThis means that if the child changes her mind about her intention to 'change sex' and suspends 'therapy', her development will resume normally, without any definitive effects and/or health problems.

Società Italiana di Pediatria: bloccare la pubertà dei bambini disforici non causa problemi permanenti. Ma vari studi dimostrano il contrario

This is not the case at all. The effects of therapy with puberty blocker are by no means 'completely reversible', as several studies have shown. It is therefore surprising that Italian paediatricians are not made aware of this scientific evidence.

Here is one of the studiespublished by British Medical Journal, in which it is argued that blockers do not alleviate the psychic suffering of the young people subjected to these 'therapies' (had no significant effect on their psychological function, thoughts of self-harm, or body image) but also that the children experienced reduced growth in height and bone strength when they finished treatment at the age of 16 years ("the children experienced reduced growth in height and bone strength by the time they finished their treatment at age 16").

On the basis of this study -which is from 2021- NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Scotland) had to withdraw their pamphlet on gender dysphoria, a pamphlet which claimed the perfect reversibility of the effects of blockers, and apologised after an outcry that the potential long-term effects had not been clarified.

The Tavistock in London treated thousands of minors with gender dysphoria problems pharmacologically and has now been closed. This was reported by the newspaper The Times: "The damage done is immeasurable. No one knows how many years of ideological dogma, inappropriate treatment and a guilty failure to consider the general mental well-being of children treated by the Tavistock Clinic will affect the thousands of people who have turned to the Gender Identity Development Service. Yesterday the government put a dutiful stop to it. After March's devastating report on the Uncritical prescription of puberty blockers by the clinic, the government decided to close it down. The treatment of children who question their gender identity will now be handled by regional children's hospitals that have an established and respected reputation'..

But according to the Italian Society of Paediatrics, the reasons for the closure are other, and there is no mention of 'immeasurable damage' referred to The Times.

Società Italiana di Pediatria: bloccare la pubertà dei bambini disforici non causa problemi permanenti. Ma vari studi dimostrano il contrario

Today, according to The Times, One thousand families would be ready to sue the clinic for ruining their children's health. Tom Goodhead, chief executive of Pogust Goodhead law firm, told the newspaper:

"Children and young adolescents were rushed into treatment without the appropriate therapy and involvement of the right clinicians, meaning that they were misdiagnosed and started on a treatment pathway that was not right for them'. (Children and young adolescents were hastily treated without the appropriate therapy and the involvement of the right doctors, which means that they were misdiagnosed and started a therapeutic course that was not suitable for them).

"These children have suffered lifechanging and, in some cases, irreversible effects of the treatment they received ... We anticipate that at least 1,000 clients will join this action". (These children have suffered life-changing effects and, in some cases, irreversible consequences of the treatment they were given ... We expect at least 1,000 people to join this action).

Article by The Times:

"The allegations of medical negligence are based on the findings of an interim report by Dr Hilary Cass, a former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, who is leading a review of the service. Cass found the clinic overlooked other mental health issues in children distressed about their gender, and failed to collect data on the use or side effects of puberty blockers, which she said may 'temporarily or permanently' disrupt the development of children's brains'. (The allegations of medical negligence are based on the findings of an interim report by Dr Hilary Cass, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, who is conducting a review of the service. Cass found that the clinic neglected other mental health problems in children in trouble because of their gender and did not collect data on the use or side effects of puberty blockers, which it claimed could 'temporarily or permanently' disrupt children's brain development).

The Karolinska Institute, which provided a similar service for the 'gender identity' of minors in Sweden, admitted to have ruined the health of numerous children -especially girls- prescribing puberty blockers.

It is really worrying that the Italian Society of Paediatrics insists on considering the effects of these drugs that continue to be administered in our country as 'reversible'.

Meanwhile In the USA many paediatricians are up in arms against their trade association, l'American Academy of Pediatrics, accused of 'pushing' for affirmative therapy, i.e. the administration of harmful drugs (harmful) to children gender variant. Paediatricians denounce the impossibility of changing these protocols.

Marina Terragni

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